Feb 7, 2017
In episode 28 of America
Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with Dr. Rebecca Beavers of the
Change Response Program at the National Park Service. Yes, that Park
Service of Federal government fame. In this fascinating and
very practical episode, Rebecca talks about the newly released
Adaptation Strategies Handbook. Doug and Rebecca talk
about the history of the guidebook and some practical ways to apply
what’s in it.
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“We are here to help the parks adapt to climate change.” Dr. Rebecca Beavers, National Park Service
In addition, we are in week three of the new Trump Administration. It is important to note this podcast was recorded three days before Trump’s inauguration. For the record, Dr. Beavers obtained permission through appropriate channels at NPS to participate in this podcast. The recording occurred under the Obama administration, but the publication of the podcast has been delayed for several weeks into the Trump Administration.
It remains to be seen how active federal agencies, and NPS in particular, will be able to speak out on climate change related work. But for the time being, listen in as Dr. Beavers – a brilliant and committed public servant - talks about coastal adaptation.
Doug also talks with Dan Ackerstein about the first few weeks of the Trump administration and what that will mean, based on early actions by Trump, for federal agencies like NPS working on climate change issues.
Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook- released Oct 31, 2016- 4th anniversary of Hurricane Sandy
Coastal Adaptation Strategies Case Studies (Companion to handbook) - Released at COP 21 in Paris, Nov 2015
More Coastal Resources
CR Strategy & Impacts table
NPS Climate Change
More on Coastal Geology
More on Ocean & Coastal resources
Yale Climate Connections Podcast- Statue of Liberty September 2016 http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2016/09/costs-mount-to-protect-statue-of-liberty/
KPBS interview with Rebecca Beavers about broader Climate Change Impacts in the National Park Service http://www.kpbs.org/news/2016/jul/04/scientists-say-climate-change-damaging-national-pa/
Climate Central's report on National Park Service units near New York City at risk from Sea Level Rise http://reports.climatecentral.org/nps/new-york-parks-sea-level-rise/
Ensia- What is a National Park to do about Climate Change https://ensia.com/features/whats-a-national-park-to-do-about-climate-change/
Coastal Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerabilities; A Technical Input to the 2013 National Climate Assessment; Co- author Adaptation and Mitigation Chapter (with Lara Hansen)
Marcy Rockman's Blog post Sea Change: Climate Change and Coastal National Parks https://savingplaces.org/stories/sea-change-climate-change-coastal-national-parks#.WJTlcFMrJpg
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